Washington Redskins: 5 Fantasy Players to Target

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Washington Redskins 5 Fantasy Options

Redskins
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The Washington Redskins have gone from one of the worst looking teams to a playoff contender in a matter of years. Not many teams in the history of the NFL have been able to accomplish what the Redskins have in a short time span.

The turnaround began with hiring new head coach Mike Shanahan. Coaching is a major factor when it comes to team success. The offensive and defensive schemes they bring to the table can improve a team immensely. The 60 year-old Shanahan began his head coaching career with the Oakland Raiders in 1988 and has won two Super Bowl titles as commander in chief. His vast knowledge of the game has proved to be a major asset to the Redskins as he brought the team to a playoff appearance in the 2012 season.

Besides coaching, the Redskins have brought in highly talented players through the draft. Last year’s rookie sensation Robert Griffin III tore up opposing defenses and made the quarterback position look easy. The team also had great success with fellow rookie Alfred Morris. The sixth round pick ran the ball extremely well last season and supplanted himself as the sole ball carrier on the team.

When it comes to fantasy football, the Redskins now roster many viable options. Their young talent has the ability to bring top ranking fantasy points to all owners. If you are looking to draft a Redskins’ player for your fantasy team, there are five top options to choose from who will not disappoint in the upcoming season.

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Alfred Morris

Morris
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Who would have guessed the rookie Morris would win the Shanahan running back lottery? If you happened to gamble on Morris in the draft last season, it surely paid off big time. He rushed for 1,613 yards with 13 touchdowns and is by far the front-runner in the Redskins' running back competition, if you can even call it that.

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Robert Griffin III

Griffin
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Griffin had one stunner of a rookie year. He proved that he can run with the big dogs and even run away from them. His ability to get it done through the air and on the ground has fantasy owners across the nation raving. Even after suffering a knee injury in his final game, Griffin will be a highly sought after quarterback this season who will not disappoint.

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London Fletcher

London Fletcher
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If you’re in a league where you have the option to start defensive players, the 16 year veteran Fletcher is a good bet to gain your team fantasy points. With age comes wisdom and Fletcher has seen it all. His vast knowledge of the game allowed him to accumulate 138 tackles, one forced fumble and five interceptions last season.

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Pierre Garcon

Garcon
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Since arriving with the Redskins, Garcon has developed chemistry with Griffin. He was able to record 633 yards with four touchdowns. These might not be the eye popping stats one is hoping for, but remember he only played in 10 games last season while being bothered by an injury. If he stays healthy this season, his fantasy potential is through the roof.

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Kirk Cousins

Cousins
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A backup quarterback on the list? Yes, Cousins could be a great late round flier to keep on your roster if Griffin aggravates his knee. When Griffin went down last season, Cousins stepped up and showed great poise as the shot caller. In a win over the Cleveland Browns, Cousin threw for 329 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. That performance was good enough to earn him a 104.4 quarterback rating. Not bad for a backup quarterback. Obviously you don’t want to use a high or mid draft pick on Cousins, but he’s well worth a last round pick to hold on your roster in a just in case scenario.

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Washington Redskins 5 Fantasy Options

Redskins
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins have gone from one of the worst looking teams to a playoff contender in a matter of years. Not many teams in the history of the NFL have been able to accomplish what the Redskins have in a short time span.

The turnaround began with hiring new head coach Mike Shanahan. Coaching is a major factor when it comes to team success. The offensive and defensive schemes they bring to the table can improve a team immensely. The 60 year-old Shanahan began his head coaching career with the Oakland Raiders in 1988 and has won two Super Bowl titles as commander in chief. His vast knowledge of the game has proved to be a major asset to the Redskins as he brought the team to a playoff appearance in the 2012 season.

Besides coaching, the Redskins have brought in highly talented players through the draft. Last year’s rookie sensation Robert Griffin III tore up opposing defenses and made the quarterback position look easy. The team also had great success with fellow rookie Alfred Morris. The sixth round pick ran the ball extremely well last season and supplanted himself as the sole ball carrier on the team.

When it comes to fantasy football, the Redskins now roster many viable options. Their young talent has the ability to bring top ranking fantasy points to all owners. If you are looking to draft a Redskins’ player for your fantasy team, there are five top options to choose from who will not disappoint in the upcoming season.

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Alfred Morris

Morris
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Who would have guessed the rookie Morris would win the Shanahan running back lottery? If you happened to gamble on Morris in the draft last season, it surely paid off big time. He rushed for 1,613 yards with 13 touchdowns and is by far the front-runner in the Redskins' running back competition, if you can even call it that.

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Robert Griffin III

Griffin
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Griffin had one stunner of a rookie year. He proved that he can run with the big dogs and even run away from them. His ability to get it done through the air and on the ground has fantasy owners across the nation raving. Even after suffering a knee injury in his final game, Griffin will be a highly sought after quarterback this season who will not disappoint.

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London Fletcher

London Fletcher
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re in a league where you have the option to start defensive players, the 16 year veteran Fletcher is a good bet to gain your team fantasy points. With age comes wisdom and Fletcher has seen it all. His vast knowledge of the game allowed him to accumulate 138 tackles, one forced fumble and five interceptions last season.

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Pierre Garcon

Garcon
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Since arriving with the Redskins, Garcon has developed chemistry with Griffin. He was able to record 633 yards with four touchdowns. These might not be the eye popping stats one is hoping for, but remember he only played in 10 games last season while being bothered by an injury. If he stays healthy this season, his fantasy potential is through the roof.

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Kirk Cousins

Cousins
Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

A backup quarterback on the list? Yes, Cousins could be a great late round flier to keep on your roster if Griffin aggravates his knee. When Griffin went down last season, Cousins stepped up and showed great poise as the shot caller. In a win over the Cleveland Browns, Cousin threw for 329 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. That performance was good enough to earn him a 104.4 quarterback rating. Not bad for a backup quarterback. Obviously you don’t want to use a high or mid draft pick on Cousins, but he’s well worth a last round pick to hold on your roster in a just in case scenario.


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